Master of Arts in Communication

Connecting with People, Connecting with the World

A One-of-a-Kind Master's Program

The Master of Arts in Communication at Saint Mary's College of California (a 4+1 program) provides students with the ability to communicate through difference to form bonds connecting cultures, to do business across borders, and to build bridges between people. 

The only one of its kind in the Bay Area, the MACOMM is a 4+1 program focused on applied research, highlighting clusters of in-demand skills and competencies that give students an edge in the post-graduate job market.  The course of study is designed to be completed in only one extra year after completion on an undergraduate degree from Saint Mary's (applications from non-Saint Mary's students or SMC alumni will be considered, and plans for accelerated graduation are available).  Students complete two cross-listed MA elective classes during their final two years as an undergraduate and then continue for an intensive year, earning two powerful degrees on an accelerated timeline. We place emphasis on shared inquiry and critical thinking, equipping our students to work, learn, and live in an increasingly diverse, globalized, and data-driven world. Students can choose to concentrate their four electives on any of our departmental strengths (including intercultural communication, media studies, and media production) or keep their study general. In either case, our curriculum focuses on communication challenges and opportunities in professional settings across cultures, working closely with invested faculty who bring a range of communication expertise and experience into the classroom so that students can leave and make an impact outside of it.



A World of Possibilities

Student engagement in the program will be built on self-reflexivity, awareness, and critical thinking. These skills, coupled with data-driven research opportunities and critical involvement in decision making, embolden students to pursue leadership roles in a variety of fields:

  • Technology 
  • International Business 
  • Social Services
  • Communications
  • Development
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Hospitality
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Healthcare

As the Summer 2021 Salary Survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers recently reported, getting a Master of Arts in Communication and Media Studies provides an average starting salary boost of 46.8% over a Bachelor's degree. According to average salaries, that's just shy of a $20,000 premium for getting the second degree.  Given the cost of our +1 year, that's a pretty good average return on the investment, with the tuition paid off in under two years!

Real World Experience

Students finishing the program have the opportunity to participate in the optional intensive 4-week travel course in June that brings together knowledge and competencies learned in the program, applying them to an projects on behalf of international partner organizations.  In most cases, this will include up to two weeks of travel to an international partner site, depending on global health and safety conditions. This course will provide further demonstration of your ability to apply the learning of the program to relevant professional contexts and prepare students for the next step in their career journey. Students who don't choose this option complete their study through a comprehensive exam in June.
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